2002-06-15 / Columnists

Beachcomber

There are rumors throughout the community that The Wave will soon be sold. We want to dispel that rumor in the strongest terms. The Wave is not on the block. We suspect that the rumors were started by somebody who wants to derail the paper's recent success. In any case, The Wave team will continue to provide all the news and pertinent information to Rockaway and Broad Channel as we have for the past 109 years.

The Broad Channel Volunteers were called to a home in that community on Sunday for a "twenty-five foot alligator" that a resident saw in the weeds leading to the bay. When the volies arrived, they cautiously went into her backyard, where they saw a long green "animal" in the weeds. It was not moving, and at least one of the volies got up the nerve to play "Crocidile Dundee" and went into the weeds after it. It turned out to be a six-foot long rubber alligator. It was taken into custody and taken back to the firehouse, where it will undoubtedly become a firehouse pet.

Almost Paradise is a small paradise in Rockaway. Situated at the oceanfront at the end of Beach 9 Street, the restaurant/dive school serves some of the best finger food in town and diners can sit on the beach and watch the boats move in and out of Reynold's Channel. It is good food at a fair price in a beautiful setting. What more can a diner ask for?

There is a growing movement among pet owners in Rockaway to place a dog run on the beach somewhere on the peninsula. There are now only two beach dog runs in the Metropolitan area, according to recent published reports รข013 on Great Kills Beach in Staten Island and in Riis Park. Both are run by the National Park Service. A group that is now being formed will soon ask the Parks Department to set aside a stretch of closed beach on the peninsula for a beach dog run of their own.

The Relay For Life held at Beach Channel High School to raise money for the Cancer Society was a great success. Hundreds of people, led by survivors of the disease and the Beach Channel High School Band walked laps all night long in the cold and damp to "Insure a Cure." At 10 p.m., hundreds of "Luminaries," candles dedicated to those who lost their lives to Cancer as well as those who survived, were lit. It was an impressive and awe-inspiring sight.

The meeting for those who saw Flight 587 while it was still airborne is growing by leaps and bounds. The Wave has been contacted by a number of people outside the community who saw the plane as well, and wanted to know if they were invited. The Wave invites anybody who saw the plane in the air, who saw it crash into Belle Harbor, who saw smoke or fire coming from the aircraft prior to the crash, who saw pieces fall from the plane while it was still in the air, who recovered pieces of the aircraft, who have any useful information at all about the crash, who gave a statement to the NYPD, the NTSB or the FBI, to come to the Beach Club on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. We expect that local officials, the NTSB, the FAA and Project Liberty will also have representatives at the meeting.

Speaking of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), the head of the agency said that it would implement a new air traffic control system even though the Transportation Department's inspector general says that it doesn't work. The system is now in place in El Paso, Texas and Syracuse in upstate New York. You can bet, however, that it will soon be controlling planes flying over Rockaway.

It seems to us that Mayor Bloomberg was not very forthcoming in his appearance in Rockaway. In simple terms, he did not tell the truth on a couple of issues. When James Sanders held his feet to the fire over a decision on a commuter ferry for Rockaway, he acted as if he did not know what Sanders was talking about and that he would pass the question on Dan Doctoroff, his deputy mayor for economic development, when he had to know that Doctoroff had already been to Rockaway to discuss the issue weeks ago. Then, when a firefighter asked him about moving the firehouse from Beach 58 Street to Beach 48 Street, Bloomberg again acted as if the issue was new to him, when Joe Addabbo had discussed the issue with him in private just a few weeks prior to the Rockaway meeting. The worst thing was, everybody in the room know that the mayor was not telling the whole story.

The Wave's School Page has become so popular with local schools that we now have a three or four week supply on hand. While we love to run it, school administrators should be aware that it might take a few weeks for their particular school to make the paper.

Remember that "Lend Me a Tenor," a Rockaway Theater Company production, will be running though June 22, although the last Sunday production will be held on June 16. Tickets are available at the Fort Tilden box office or by calling 850-2450.

During the Relay For Life last Saturday night, a police helicopter circled the bay right by Beach Channel High School. Those at the relay thought that the copter was taking a closer look at the event, but the cops were looking for a jetskier who was breaking the Jamaica Bay ban on the use of personal watercraft.

Governor Pataki has signed a bill that gives volunteer firefighters and EMT's up to $3,400 for tuition to colleges and universities in New York State. Each volunteer corps will certify the member to get the tuition scholarship and, at least at the outset of the program, only one member of each corps will be allowed to qualify.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) will hold its third annual "Movies By Moonlight" weekend on June 21 and 22 at Fort Tilden. The feature on Friday, June 21 will be "Some Like It Hot," with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. On Saturday, June 22, the feature will be "The Wizard of Oz," with Judy Garland.


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